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TOP ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY TO SPEAK IN SAN FRANCISCO
Academy of Sciences presents a lecture by Michael Bean on May 24
SAN FRANCISCO (April 24, 2006) – Thanks to Michael Bean, the largest frog species on the West Coast may stage a comeback in the most unexpected habitat – the private grounds of a leading California winery. The California red-legged frog is among the many animal species to benefit from the Safe Harbor Agreement, a program in which private landowners maintain habitats for endangered species, and, in return, are guaranteed against federal restrictions on their land. As the chief architect of the program, Bean has seen nearly 3 million acres of private land enrolled since its inception.
Bean’s interest in protecting the natural world began in college, when he came across a robin suffering from DDT poisoning. After receiving his J.D. from Yale Law School, he published The Evolution of National Wildlife Law in 1977, which to this day remains one of the most highly consulted texts on wildlife conservation law. Shortly thereafter, Bean joined Environmental Defense, a national advocacy organization that employs over 250 scientists, economists, and lawyers, and is committed to solving environmental problems both nationally and globally. During his 30-year tenure, Bean’s many successful cases have included the reduction of dolphin bycatch, preventing oil leasing in national wildlife refuges, and more recently, developing the Safe Harbor program and other incentive-based approaches to conservation.
On May 24, Bean will speak about the current political challenge facing the Endangered Species Act. The event is part of the California Academy of Sciences’ special lecture series, and takes place at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco:
Policymaking and Litigation Activities on Wildlife and Endangered Species